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Watseka aldermen consider water/sewer rate hike of 50%

A new proposal in Watseka calls for a water/sewer rate increase of 50 percent rather than the earlier-proposed 75%, then another 25% next Spring.

The finance committee is now proposing the 50% hike, to lessen the impact on local taxpayers. The newest proposal came Tuesday evening. It calls for the 50% increase beginning November 1. The full Council could consider a vote on the proposal later this month.

Alderman Mike Marcier has concerns for the people out there really struggling. Similar concern comes from Alderman Dennis Cahoe .......

Cahoe and Marcier even talked about a 35% increase to start.

It’s been made clear, a rate increase is a must to make improvements to the system for the future. The city is also still contemplating a sale of the water/sewer system. Aqua Illinois has offered to buy the system for $10.5 million. The city could also continue having ERH Enterprises manage the system under contract or taking the system back and operating it with its own city employees.

Whatever decision is yet to come, the rate increases have to happen, according to Mayor Harwood.

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Carle Flu Clinics offered at area sites

Carle community flu clinics begin Saturday (September 24) and will run through December 31 at various locations in east central Illinois.

No appointment is necessary at the community flu clinics. Walk-in service is available.

The clinic service is offered at Milford, Watseka and Hoopeston. A clinic in Danville is also available.

322 Chicago Street, Milford
October 4: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 18: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for ages 6 months and older. No appointment necessary.

Carle–Hoopeston (Charlotte Ann Russell Medical Center)
801 E. Orange Street, Hoopeston
September 26: 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
September 30: 1:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for ages 6 months and older.

Carle – Danville on Fairchild
311 W. Fairchild Street, Danville
September 24: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for adults only.

Carle – Watseka
1490 E. Walnut Street, Watseka
September 26: 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
September 30: 1:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for ages 6 months and older.

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Gas prices may be affected by refinery shutdown

Indiana’s BP Whiting Refinery has shut down two major units for maintenance work. Officials say the refinery could be down for more than a week.

Reuters reports the refinery will greatly reduce production over the next 10 days, after shutting down its massive 290,000 barrel-per-day Crude Distillation Unit (Pipestill 12) and a 110,000 barrel-per-day gasoline producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit.

The work was scheduled. Fall maintenance work is beginning at Whiting.

BP’s refinery on Lake Michigan, which supplies seven states in the Midwest, can produce up to 430,000 barrels per day, so the repairs are likely to result in a steep drop in production. Any disruption at the BP Whiting Refinery typically results in the rise of gas prices, which average $2.20 a gallon in the Gary metro and $2.38 in Chicago, according to GasBuddy.com.

In this case, the idled units would keep gas prices high a little said Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.

“Not likely to push prices higher, rather will prevent prices from dropping as much as they otherwise would have as we transitioned back to winter gasoline and demand weakens,” he said.

Local gas prices are posted at $1.94 to $1.99 per gallon.
The Whiting Refinery, which stretches into Hammond and East Chicago, also operates two other crude distillation units and another cat cracker unit.

The crude distillation unit that’s being worked on is the largest of the three at the Midwest’s largest refinery.

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#10 School board listens, Football coach stays, parent banned

The Iroquois West Unit #10 school board took action Monday concerning its high school football coach and a parent who were involved in an alleged altercation after a recent game.

After hearing from sides and concerned-parents, the school board ruled football coach Matt Wasilewski will remain as coach while a parent, Mike Reed, will be banned from school activities and school grounds for one year.

Sources informed WGFA News an altercation between Wasilewski and Reed stemmed from a recent game between Iroquois West and Dwight on September 9th. Dwight won the game 30-20.

The school board listened to statements from both men and witnesses to the altercation, which, according to testimony, was started by Reed when he put his hand on Wasilewski. Assistant coach Mike Barkley told the school board he tried to step between the men to defuse the situation.

Gilman Police investigated the incident. No charges have been filed.

Superintendnet Linda Dvorak said the school board is standing behind Wasilewski. The third-year coach will remain in his position.

Reed admitted he was mad about the situation. He apologized for the incident.

The school district now wants to work toward improving sportsmanship within the district. Future talks with all concerned, school officials, prants and other fans, will focus on the Illinois school code policy.

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Armed robbery in Watseka

Watseka Police are asking for the public's help in finding an armed robber.  It was early Sunday when the armed robbery was reported at the Gas Depot on West Walnut Street.  The incident occurred just before 3 am.

Police Chief Jeremy Douglas said a black male with a slender build and wearing a mask entered the business producing handgun.  He ordered the clerk to empty the register.  The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injury was reported.  Watseka Police ask anyone with information to contact police  at 815-432-4918.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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